Whatever you do, if Derek Erdman tries to sell you Kurt Cobain’s ski’s or the late Nirvana frontman’s magic phone, don’t buy them. Erdman comes clean in a Revolt interview that the sale of Cobain’s belongings were nothing but an elaborate hoax.
As you can see from this article on Revolt, the receptionist at Sub Pop Records has taken credit for this prank. Unless, of course, this confession is yet another hoax…
A few people smelled a hoax as there was no real way to verify that any of the items listed actually belonged to Cobain, although the seller(Erdman) — who pretended to be former Gruntruck bassist Alex Sibbald, insisted he could back the claims up with photos of Kurt with these items. The make believe items included a Swatch phone ($55) and a set of skis ($80), all of which were reportedly left behind after Cobain moved out of their shared apartment.
You can read the complete listing below, and check out photos of the collection at Craigslist. Kudos to Erdman for all the grammatical errors too. That always makes it seem so authentic.
“Hey Seattle what’s up, I used to live with Kurt Cobain back in the 90s and I have been holding on to a bunch of his stuff that he left in a box when he moved out. He owed us rent and said he would get the box when he came back and gave us money but he never came back, then when he was famous he never really talked to any of us again because courtney never liked us but she’s a d— so no hard felings.
i am sure it would be easy for you to think that this stuff is fake, but i have pictures of kurt with some of it and i have some friends that will talk to you that will say that this is kurts stuff. we lived together in capitol hill and for a short time in olympia, i was in some very popular bands back then but now i am not playing any music anymore, but if anybody reading this wants to jam, let me know heh heh.
some of this stuff is pretty historical as he was using it whem he was signing his first record contracts, like the phone i know i think he used to talk on the phone to people in LA. that is why it is expensive.
the Swatch phone is a twin phone which means that two people can talk on it at the same time, i remember in the commercials that two people would talk on it at the same time, like a girl would listen in while the other girl was talking, it is in really good condition and is $55.
Kurt was learning to skii when i met him, we went to mount baker a few times to hit the slopes, these are his skiis but i do not have the poles or anything. the bindings are pretty loose but they are good skiis, but of course they are a lot cooler because they are kurts. They are $80
This TOMY game is called “kingman” and is kindof like donkey kong. kurt liked to play this game a lot, it is in good condition but there is some corossion near the battery part. it is still cool tho, and you can have it for $25.
I am willing to meet in belltown near the croc or at the sculpture park, but you can also come to my apartment if you are interested in these items. i also have a lot more stuff of kurts, like magazine and clothes that i will be selling off soon. thank you for looking.”